redistricting-2021

Advocates want a more diverse General Assembly. But making that a reality is complicated

BY: - December 2, 2021

If the composition of the General Assembly matched Pennsylvania’s rapidly diversifying population,  there would be at least 47 lawmakers who were not white. Instead, there are just 31 elected state legislators who are not white. The space between Harrisburg and reality could be chalked up to a multitude of things, but as legislative leaders hammer […]

The clock is ticking for lawmakers to draw Pa.’s legislative maps. Here’s why

BY: - October 25, 2021

They must draw the maps by Jan. 2022, but likely will try to finish early to meet deadlines for next year's election.

‘It’s a Rubik’s Cube’: Pa. grapples with competing redistricting priorities

BY: - September 9, 2021

Some advocates organized a coalition of dozens of academic and civic groups known as Draw the Lines PA, which is led by the Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia-based good government organization, have already released their own map as a starting point.

Redistricting hearings moved as Pa. House plans early return to Capitol

BY: - September 9, 2021

Pennsylvanians who want to provide in-person testimony have until Oct. 13 to sign up to do so.

Pa. redistricting commission to count people in prison at their old home, not in their cell

BY: - August 24, 2021

This will effectively mark a small but meaningful shift in population from Pennsylvania countryside to it’s cities, increasing urban representation while reducing rural representation.

Pa. Democrats’ constituencies are growing. How does that impact 2022?

BY: - August 18, 2021

“This leadership team … recognizes that if we have fair districts, Democrats will win. We don’t need gerrymandered Democratic districts, and frankly we don’t want that,” Democratic strategist Joe Corrigan said.

COMMENTARY

It’s Game On for redistricting. Will Pa. become a ‘democracy desert?’ | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 16, 2021

Last week's Census data release kicked the once-a-decade remap of Pennsylvania's political topography into high gear. The stakes couldn't be higher.

Pa. redistricting is poised to be transparent. Will it be fair? Advocates think yes.

BY: - July 13, 2021

Pennsylvanians will be able to participate in perhaps more than a dozen hearings on their congressional and legislative maps in the coming months, as well as submit their own maps online.

McClinton calls for safeguards against prison gerrymandering in Pa. legislative maps

BY: - May 26, 2021

(*This story was updated at 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday 5/26/21 to include comment from House Republicans, and to reflect that G. Reynolds Clark no longer works at the University of Pittsburgh and that Robert Byer did not donate to President Donald Trump.) Potentially upsetting decades of precedent that has aided rural, white Pennsylvanians at the […]

Pitt’s Nordenberg to lead Pa. legislative redistricting commission

BY: - May 3, 2021

Mark Nordenberg, a 72-year-old resident of Allegheny County, will chair the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, a five member group that will redraw all 253 Pennsylvania General Assembly districts this year.

We tried drawing our own Pa. congressional maps. Here’s what we came up with

BY: - April 18, 2021

With the Keystone State deep in the throes of the decennial redrawing of its legislative and congressional maps, the staff of the Capital-Star decided to try its hand at this incredibly important exercise in representative democracy.